Open Door Policy

2024 – Onwards

Starting out as a professional artist or arts worker can be lonely. Even artists and organisations that try to be friendly can feel hard to approach.

We’re trying to solve that with our Open Door Policy. 

CuriousWorks Open Door Policy is about making ourselves available to local creatives and arts workers.  It was introduced in our 2024 – 2028 Strategic Plan. On a quarterly basis, CuriousWorks staff will carve out Open Door Days where folks can book in time to meet and chat with individual staff members. We’ll also book out free drop-in times for folks who don’t book out a specific time slot. It’s our way of making sure that young and early career creatives in the area know that we are here to chat and to help in any way we can. 

Whether you’re seeking professional insights, guidance on navigating the art world, needing a sounding board for your ideas, or simply wanting to talk about what we do here at CuriousWorks, our doors are open. We’re here to listen and answer any of your burning questions, or just to chat and get to know each other better.

CuriousWorks first Open Door Days are on the 26th and 27th March 2024. Book in a time with one of our staff and come visit us at Fairfield City HQ for a cuppa and a chat. If you can’t make it in person, you can book a video call instead. Drop-ins are also welcome on the dates mentioned above – but you might have to wait if we’re chatting to someone else.

Fill out the form here to book a time or linked below to start the booking process for our first session in March. If you can’t make this first session, keep checking our website and socials for further updates for upcoming Open Days. 

Who do you want to talk to?

Check out the bios + expertise of each of the CuriousWorks staff below.

Miranda Aguilar

 Creative Producer + Writer

Talk to Miranda about: writing, creative producing, film producing, theatre-making, zine creation, pitching, community arts

Miranda Aguilar is a queer, Filipinx writer, creative producer and community arts worker. They write for stage, screen and beyond. Their credits include acting as showrunner and one of the lead writers for Las Rosas(2017), producing Prone to the Drone (2019), and writing ‘Let Me Know When You Get Home’, their first full-length play. They are a member of Ka-llective, a group of Asian-Australian multidisciplinary artists currently developing their first theatre work, Salt Baby. Their work has been previously supported by Australia Council of Arts, CreateNSW, Blacktown Arts, PACT, and APT among others. In 2022, they were a part of the AFTRS National Talent Camp, and the Co-Curious Bright Side writing program as part of the Netflix Fund for Creativity. In 2023, they were a part of the UNTAPPED Development program, presented by Australians in Film and Screen Australia. They were on the CuriousWorks Management Committee from 2019 – 2022. 

Andrea Nealy

Administration and Finance Officer + writer

Talk to Andrea about: arts admin, writing, film-making, budgets

Andrea Nealy is a Western Sydney filmmaker and writer. Andrea graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Communications and Media. Andrea connected with CuriousWorks in 2012 as a participant. She has worked on various projects in different roles including 2nd assistant director and assistant editor for Riz (2014), co-writer and assistant director for When the Tide Comes In (2016), a writer for Urban Stories (2016), production assistant for Las Rosas (2017) and assistant director for Prone to the Drone (2019). At the end of 2018, Andrea joined the staff team at Curious Works working in administration and finance.  Currently Andrea is focusing on her creative writing and in the process of drafting a novel. 

Kiriaki Zakinthinos

CEO + Writer + Musician 

Talk to Kiri about: arts management, career development and pathways, arts admin and project management, budgets, grant writing, pitching, community arts, writing + music.

Kiriaki Zakinthinos is an arts manager, creative producer and writer whose driving purpose is a desire for a fairer, more inclusive, more democratic cultural landscape, which reflects our plurality of cultures and lived experiences. As a child of migrants and having grown up in West and South-West Sydney pursuing a path in the arts, she’s passionate about making space for and supporting others on similar journeys.

Kiri has experience in arts/cultural organisational, program, project and people management. Having previously worked in diverse roles within local government and the small-medium non-profit sectors for organisations such as Utp, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Ensemble Offspring, Diversity Arts Australia, and anti-racism social change charity, All Together Now, she garnered experience in producing, communications, community engagement, research and project management, and relationship building and stakeholder management in the arts. 

As an independent producer and with a background in new music, Kiri has presented concerts, cultural workshops, and a children’s music and storytelling show in key venues across Sydney. 

She has an independent writing practice self-publishing commentary and review pieces on the theme of cultural diversity in the arts on her blog Her essays and creative non-fiction pieces have been commissioned by Sydney Living Museums (The Factory Floor) and Sydney Review of Books (The Paper Trail).

Samantha Barahona

Creative Producer + Film-maker

Talk to Samantha about: Creative producing, program producing, sound recording, film production, workshop facilitation, documentary film-making

Samantha Barahona is an Australian-born Salvadorian filmmaker and producer from Western Sydney. Her goal is to make impactful work that centres diverse and marginalised voices. She strives to use her skills and experience to guide future Western Sydney artists to discover their unmatched creativity and use their voices to tell stories that need to be told.

Samantha has worked on a number of short films, mainly as a sound recordist and producer. She has a Bachelor degree in Screen Media (arts and production) from Western Sydney University. Samantha has been connected with CuriousWorks since 2019, starting out as an intern, and then freelancer through social enterprise. She has been a creative producer on their team since 2021. She produced programs such as ReFill and GEN2168, two programs that involved working closely with the young people of Miller in arts-based projects through workshop facilitation.

Samantha is currently producing Curious360, an immersive anthology of four documentaries that challenges the Western Sydney based stigma, stereotypes and trappings of “representation”.

Diego Murillo

Social Enterprise Manager + Film-maker 

Talk to Diego about: Social Enterprise, cinematography, film production, lighting and rigging, storytelling, photography, editing

Diego Murillo is a Peruvian Australian filmmaker born and raised in Western Sydney. Growing up in a culturally diverse community, Diego believes filmmaking can be used as a powerful tool for representation, and he strives to engage audiences with different perspectives from all walks of life. 

Diego graduated from Western Sydney University in 2019, with a Bachelor of Communications (media arts). He’s been with CuriousWorks since his early days as a freelance film-maker working on various projects such as Las Rosas, CuriousTV!, and Rise and Grind Inc, and has been the Social Enterprise Manager since 2021. Diego has extensive knowledge in cinematography, photography, gaffering, editing, social media, visual effects and much more. 

In order to create a great piece of art, Diego believes, concentration and dedication is crucial to have. By appreciating and learning from films all his life, he wishes to express the same experience to, not only the people of Western Sydney, but everyone.